What is it about?

Episodic memory has been largely considered an early marker of Alzheimer dementia. The paper shows that Semantic memory, assessed by Category fluency Task, may help in identifying MCI patients that will develop Alzheimer's disease earlier than Episodic memory tasks

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Why is it important?

The need for early diagnosis of AD is critical for planning preventive strategies and for treating patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease with potential disease-modifying therapies. The availability of tests that intercept MCI patients who will progress to AD at an early stage could allow these treatments to be anticipated

Perspectives

This article might be a suggestion to change the attitude of examining patients with the usual memory paradigm, but it might suggest changing the focus of neuropsychological assessment in MCI patients by shifting to other aspects that arise earlier in the course of dementia

Camillo Marra
Fondazione Policlinico Agostino Gemelli - IRCCS

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This page is a summary of: Semantic Memory as an Early Cognitive Marker of Alzheimer’s Disease: Role of Category and Phonological Verbal Fluency Tasks, Journal of Alzheimer s Disease, May 2021, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/jad-201452.
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